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  • Mr. Travel Agent, LLC by Derek Schemonitz:

    Your Luxury Travel Advisor

    Ciao everyone, to my clients, potential clients & website guests alike.

    Welcome to Mr. Travel Agent, LLC & thank you for taking the time for visiting today.

     

    I have been working in the travel industry as a travel advisor for my entire adult life (since I was 20), and now I own my own Luxury Travel Agency, in Mr. Travel Agent, LLC. I'm the Owner, President & CEO.

     

    It all started in '99 when I went for an interview at an Italian family owned and operated Italian Travel Agency in Pittsburgh's suburb of Mt. Lebanon. the owner of which who to this day is a very close & personal friend of mine, gave me a chance as a novice and very inexperienced ,a position as a travel agent for his agency. I continued working for that agency for 12 years under the owners tutelage & guidance, until 2012. During my tenure with, I became extremely well traveled and an expert in Italy (Certified by the official Italian Tourism Office) and Europe (many other official certifications earned by tourism boards), among other international destinations. 6 years into my career in 2006, I was made the Agency Manager and ran the day to day operations, accounting, back office, as well as still being a full time front office Travel Agent. This continued for an additional 6 years until 2012. In late 2012 the agency merged. At that time full time staff were offered a position with the merged agency to stay on or leave. I was the only agent who agreed on terms to go with the merger. I was the only advisor the agency who purchased us got out of the merger.

     

    From 2012 to the end of 2018, I worked as the lead International Tourism Consultant & Specialist at the merged agency. Throughout those 6 years I became even more well traveled and picked up additional expert certifications and specializations in the field. At the very end of 2018, I was headhunted by an industry leading firm who scouts for agents ready to step into the luxury market. This firm informed me that a Virtuoso Agency in the Pittsburgh market was very interested in me, and was I possibly interested in making a big career move? At first I was hesitant and uncertain. Happy where I was and the compensation I was making on average. But this was an enticing opportunity to advance in this industry. I accepted the interview & was offered a full time position as a Luxury Travel Advisor for the Pittsburgh branch of Avenue Two Travel. I accepted this offer and started within 2 weeks in January of 2019. In May of 2022 I was offered the opportunity to become an affiliate agency of Avenue Two Travel. Becoming an affiliate agency actual meant creating my own agency and securing an LLC, brand, logo and more to launch the business. As of May 16th, 2022, Mr. Travel Agent, LLC has become my actual business, instead of just a online persona. I now full operate and own Mr. Travel Agent, LLC as a Luxury Travel Agency.

     

    In addition at the same time (May 16th 2022), I have accepted the position as The US Sales Rep for www.dreamitaly.vip a full service Italian DMC based in Italy. Travel Advisors, Agencies & Tour Operators please reach out to me to enquire about becoming travel accounts.

     

    I tailor 4 & 5 star global travel services of all type. While my specialty over the years has become more in the customization, designing & planning of travel, I handle all travel arrangements.

     

    Throughout my career I have made connections with excellent local contacts worldwide for private guides, drivers, and exclusive service arrangements. I keep these contacts close to my vest, they are dear to me and have helped me get where I'm today. I've also met my wife because of my love for travel and together we enjoy traveling worldwide.

     

    I love traveling and I love selling you your travel dreams. I'm just as excited as you are when I'm planning your amazing travel itineraries and vacations! It makes me happy to know you are happy with me and my services. I want nothing more than to make you a very satisfied client who will come back to me for their future travels and refer me to others.

     

    My focus is you.

     

     

    My clientele consist of those living in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area. Though I have clientele elsewhere in US as well. By moving into the luxury market I've secured millionaire clientele in the Manhattan & Pittsburgh markets. My clients are everyone from CEO's, Dr's, Lawyers, Family & Small Business Owners, Executives, Families, Couples, Friends, Retirees, Gen X, Baby Boomers, Honeymooners, Bride & Grooms & Millennial's.

     

    Thank you for your interest, and please reach out to me to inquire about your travel arrangements and ideas.

     

    Derek Schemonitz, Owner/CEO/President of Mr. Travel Agent, LLC

    Your Luxury Travel Advisor

     

  • Personal & Professional Travels

     

    • Switzerland: Bernina Express Line, St. Moritz, Zurich, Lugano, Pontresina, Ospizio Bernina, Alp Grüm, Poschiavo
    • Denmark: Copenhagen, Arhus, Odense, Frederikshavn
    • Sweden: Gothenburg, Stockholm, Karlstad
    • Norway: Lilliehammer, Borgund, Flam, Voss, Myrdal, Flam Railway, Fjords, Bergen, Olso
    • Greece: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Kea, Nafplio, Monemvassia, Kithira, Hydra, Delos, Syros, Samos, Delphi, Naxos
    • Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang
    • Singapore: Singapore
    • Hong Kong: Hong Kong, Kowloon
    • Washington D.C.
    • Hungary: Budapest
    • Slovakia: Bratislava
    • Austria: Vienna, Durnstein, Wachau Valley, Melk, Salzburg, Linz, Durnstein
    • Danube River 
    • Germany: Regensberg,  Nuremburg, Main River, Bamburg, Wurzburg, Rothenberg, Miltenberg, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Cologne, Passau
    • Rhine River
    • Netherlands: Amsterdam
    • Riviera Maya/Cancun, Mexico
    • Caribbean: St. Barts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Nassau, Paradise Island, Antigua, St. Thomas, St. John, Grand Bahamas Island, St. Maarten/Martin, St. Bart's
    • Celebrity Cruise in Caribbean
    • Punta Cana, D. Republic (Zoetry Agua & Secrets Royal Beach) +Saona Is.
    • Taiwan: Taipei, Jiufen
    • Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Sorrento, Amalfi, Postiano, Capri, Naples, Tuscany, Como, Stresa, Assisi, Ravenna, Verona, Pompeii, Montecassino, Bari, Pisa, Lecce, Ostuni, Manduria, Taranto, Martina Franca, Alberobello, Salerno, Varenna, Bellagio, Tremezzo, Tirano, Lenno
    • Turkey: Kudadasi, Ephesus
    • Czech. Republic: Prague, Chesky Krumlov
    • France: Paris, Rouen, Normandy region, Caen, Bayeux, Abby Mont St. Michael, Tours, Angers, Amboise, Chambord, Versailles, Chenonceau, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nimes, Carcassonne, Nice, Avignon, Cannes, Eze, Aix en Provence, Dijon, Cote d'Or
    • Britain: London, Bath, Stonehenge, Cardiff (Wales), York, Stratford Upon Avon, Cotswolds, Salisbury, Newport (Wales), Hampton Court, Chester, Lake District (Windermere, Grasmere), Alnwick, Coventry, Blenheim Palace
    • Scotland: Edinburgh, Gretna Green
    • Ireland: Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Bay, Adare, Limerick, Dublin, Kildare
    • USA: San Francisco, Napa, Carmel, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, San Simeon, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, San Diego, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay National Park, Seward, Anchorage, Denali NP, Fairbanks, Kenai Fjords NP, Boston, Manhattan, Miami & South Beach
    • Canada: Vancouver B.C.
    • Monaco: Monte Carlo
  • Professional Positions in Industry

     

    Mr. Travel Agent, LLC

    A Luxury Travel Agency

    Owner, CEO/President

    May 2022 - Current

     

    Dream Italy, LLC

    (an Italian DMC)

    The US Sales Representive

    May 2022 - Current

     

    Avenue Two Travel

    Luxury Travel Advisor

    Jan 2019~May 2022 as Associate

     

    Greater Pittsburgh Travel

    International Certified Specialist

    Travel Designer

    Travel Agent

    Travel Consultant

    Dec 2012 - Jan 2019

     

    Ponzio Intl Travel

    (Merged into GPT in Dec '12)

    Agency Manager

    Certified Destination Specialist

    Travel Agent

    Travel Specialist

    Travel Counselor

    Jun 2000 - Nov 2012

  • © 2022 Mr. Travel Agent, LLC is Created, Owned & Updated personally by: Derek Schemonitz

     

    Derek Schemonitz /Mr. Travel Agent, LLC

    A Luxury Travel Agency, an Affiliate of Avenue Two Travel

     

    Privacy Policy

     

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    In Addition To Below

    Terms & Conditions:

    Customers who make travel arrangements through Mr.TravelAgent, thereby become clients of Mr.TravelAgent/Derek Schemonitz. Avenue Two Travel will build a secure client profile in there database with your submitted details. This profile can/will be used to complete reservations, send e-marketing and postal mail marketing both directly by Avenue Two Travel & indirectly by affiliation with Virtuoso.

     

    Any request for removal from database must be in writing, and all requests for removal will be honored.

     

    Third Party E-Commerce Bookings using Mr.TravelAgent:

     

    Any reservation made through third party links on Mr.TravelAgent.net (i.e.: Classic Vacations, Viator, Virtuoso) you are actually making your reservation with that company on their e-commerce affiliate portal, all personal information and payment details transmitted in process of making a third party reservation are not the responsibility/ownership of Mr.TravelAgent, I will be notified of your reservation shortly thereafter, and at time of Mr.TravelAgent becomes the agency of record and you become his client at Avenue Two Travel. I will still require to collect personal/payment details verbally or by secure intake form to document our profile database and record transaction into our accounting system. At which point I will become responsible for all future communication, billing and any additional matters for said reservation. Reservations made though e-commerce travel affiliates are not subject to any agency fees in themselves. Any additional services, consultation, and reservations secured by me may result in additional fees.

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